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When should I call 9-1-1 for a breathing emergency?

If a person is not breathing or if breathing is too fast, too slow, noisy or painful, call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number immediately.

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A person chokes when food gets stuck in the trachea. Learn more in this video with Dr. Oz. 
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